Stephen Fry has stated that he will be joining Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the second Sherlock Holmes film, to be directed by Guy Ritchie.
Fry made the announcement on Radio 5 Live over the weekend, saying that he will take on the part of Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother. He seemed excited about taking on the role, reportedly commenting that “to play a genuine all round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar [Wilde] had was a once in a lifetime thrill”.
Mycroft Holmes is a character whose detective ability is said to exceed even that of his famous younger brother, yet he is constantly hindered by his own laziness and lack of practicality. The character has previously been portrayed by a variety of actors, ranging from the likes of Robert Morely to Richard E. Grant and, most recently, Mark Gatiss in the BBC television adaptation, Sherlock.
Ritchie’s sequel will also feature Noomi Rapace, who is best know for her roles as Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Reprising their previous roles as Sherlock, Watson and Mrs Hudson, are Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Geraldine James, who have all been confirmed to make a return.
Fry seems to be an excellent casting choice for the character, but with this film not due to be released until December 2011, we’ve got a long wait to find out!